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French Offices in Japan
 
 
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Lot 1206

French Offices in Japan, 1865, unpaid folded letter sheet from Yokohama to France sent via Shanghai, rated as 9 decimes (or 90 centimes) to be paid by the addressee according to the Anglo-French Postal Convention. This was the postal rate for unpaid letters between Yokohama or Shanghai and France. With blue double oval Textor & Co, Kanagawa, a general trader, had shown its origin from Yokohama. This was the privately carried to Shanghai and sent via the French PO with Shanghai Bau Francais cds (1865 Apr? 19) also on front. Marseille and St. Etienne cds both of Jun 8 on back. Endorsed via Marseille on front.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
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Lot 1207
French Offices in Japan, 1866 and 1873, two letters from Yokohama, both written in French: 1866 datelined Feb 28 at Yokohama on Consulate General of France Japan printed letterhead, numbered as letter 174. This was a reply to a letter of inquiry and signed by Chevrey Rameau on behalf of the Consul. The second is a 1873 datelined Yokohama Jul 22 written by and signed as Georges Lebon, of the Captian Lebon fame, with the largest and most important correspondence that had survived showing early Yokohama French PO postal history.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 1208
 
French Offices in Japan, 1866, folded letter sheet from Yokohama to France, with two France 80c Napoleon (Scott 28) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1866 Sep 11) and red PD in box on front. Blue double oval company marking of J.J. Fourcade Yokohama also on front. Marseille A Lyon (Nov 2) and Bordeaux cds (Nov 2) on back. Matsumoto rated 1866 covers as 30 points or in 1995/96 dollar as US$3,000.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1209

French Offices in Japan, 1866, cover from Yokohama to Germany, with France 40c, 80c Napoleon (Scott 27, 28) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1866 Aug 12) and red PD in box also on front. Marseille cds (Oct 4) and Cassel (Oct 6) on back. Endorsed Overland Mail via Marseilles. Matsumoto rated 1866 covers as 30 points or in 1995/96 dollar as US$3,000., Fine.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
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Lot 1210

French Offices in Japan, 1866, folded letter sheet from Yokohama to France, with France 80c Napoleon (Scott 28) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (May 11) and red PD in box on front. Blue double oval company marking of J.J. Fourcade Yokohama also on front. Small piece of cover cut removing receiver's name. 3 cds on back including Marseille A Lyon (Jun 7), Cette A Bordeaux (Jun 8) and Bordeau (Jun 9). Matsumoto rated 1866 covers as 30 points or in 1995/96 dollar as US$3,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
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Lot 1211

French Offices in Japan, 1867, folded letter sheet from Yokohama to France, with France 80c Napoleon (Scott 28) tied with anchor in diamond of dots killer, also with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1867 Aug 31?) and red PD in box on front and red Pag Angli V Suez cds (Oct? 23). With fancy belt shape company marking of the silk merchant Ravel, Blanc & Co Yokohama also on front. This probaly carried a Silk Report from the company. An interesting note was that this company did not own any lots in the 1866 Directories at the Settlement but appeared first time in the 1868 Directories. 1867 should have been their first year of operation in Yokohama. Lyon cds (Oct 23) on back. The use of the anchor in diamond of dots killer was also a known marking on the ship Alphee. Salles was in the opinion that Alphee left one of its 2 anchor markings with the Yokohama French PO for its use as cover with this marking were recorded from 1867 Jan onwards. Matsumoto rated letters cancelled by Anchor obliterator following the Great Fire as 50 points or in 1995/96 dollars, it is valued at US$5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
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Lot 1212

French Offices in Japan, 1867, folded letter sheet from Yokohama to France, with two France 80c Napoleon (Scott 28) tied with anchor in diamond of dots killer, also with blue Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1867 Feb 14) and red PD in box on front. The lower part of the letter sheet is not present but the destination is very clear from the markings on the back, where there is a Marseille A Lyon cds (Apr 3) and Lyon cds as arrival on the same date. The cover was most likely sent to Lyon. Endorsed per Messr. Imperials. This cover was not recorded by Matsumoto in his book The French Post Office in Yokohama (1997) where he listed all the covers that he has recorded after the Great Fire of 1866 November 26 damaging much of Yokohama and parts of the foreign settlement including the French PO destroying its obliterators. Which was why Salles had suggested that the ship Alphee had given 1 of 2 of its anchor in diamonds of dots killer to the Yokohama French PO to use. Matsumoto listed a cover that had the same date of Feb 14 with Yokohama French PO marking that could be traced to be used on board Alphee, but this was cancelled by the anchor in BLUE ink. This cover offered here illustrated that there were indeed 2 anchor obliterators and these were in use simultaneously with 2 different inks. The anchor in the Yokohama PO was used in black ink on the same date where the anchor on board Alphee was used with the blue ink. Matsumoto rated letters cancelled by Anchor obliterator following the Great Fire as 50 points or in 1995/96 dollars, it is valued at US$5,000. This cover must be valued at multiples of this valuation.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 1213

French Offices in Japan, 1868, military usage stampless cover from Yokohama to France, with the scarce (Read Matsumoto's postscript) Corr D armees Yokohama cds (1868 Jun? 13), with 90c marking also on front endorsed Voie Francais de Suez. Marseille A Mod cds (Jul 5), Paris A Caen cds (Jul 6), Dives (Jul 6) and an unclear, probably Paris, cds (Jul 6) all on back. The Corr D armees Yokohama obliterator arrived in Yokohama subsequent to the Great Fire of Yokohama and this was for used for military personnel to send letters at reduced postal rate. The 90c marking represent the military concession rate of 90 centi where the civilian rate was normally 1 franc. Matsumoto rated covers with Corr D armees Yokohama cds as 100 points, or in 1995/96 dollar, this cover is valued at US$ 10,000!
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
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Lot 1214

French Offices in Japan, 1869, folded letter sheet from Yokohama to Lyon, with France 80c Napoleon (Scott 36) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer, also with Yokohama Japon cds (1869 Nov 6) in bluish black and red PD in box on front. Lyon cds (Dec 26) on back. Matsumoto/Kobayashi rated the use of 80 centi in 1869 as A, very rare, with 4 to 10 copies recorded. Matsumoto put an extra premium of 20% on Yokohama cds in blue ink to the total cover value.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1215

French Offices in Japan, 1869, cover from Yokohama to Switzerland, with France 20c x2, 80c Napoleon (Scott 33, 36) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer, also with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1869 Jun 12), red PD in box and red Pos An V Suez P An A Mars cds (Aug 6) on front. 3 cds of the same date Aug 7 on back, Paris A Besancon, Pontarlier-a-Berne and Coroelle. Matsumoto/Akira rated the use of 20c stamp in 1869 as R, extremely rare, with only 1 to 3 copies recorded, of which 2 are on this cover. The use of 80c stamp in 1869 is rated as A, very rare, with only 4 to 10 copies recorded, Fine.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1216

French Offices in Japan, 1869, folded letter sheet from Yokohama to Italy, with France 20c x2, 80c x2 Napoleon (Scott 33, 36) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1869 Aug 2) and red PD in box also on front. Numerous cds on back including, Ligne S Paq Fr No. 1 (Aug 3), Ligne N Paq Fr No. 1 (Aug 12), Egypt (Sep 18), Messina (Sep 23?), Torino (Sep 25) and Mondovi-Piazza (Sep 26). Matsumoto/Kobayashi rated the use of 20c stamp in 1869 as R, very rare, with only 1 to 3 copies recorded, of which 2 are on this cover. The 80c is rated in 1869 as A, very rare, with 4 to 10 copies recorded, of which, 2 are on this cover, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1217

French Offices in Japan, 1870, small cover from Yokohama to Paris, with France 80c Napoleon (Scott 36) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer also with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1870 Oct 10) and red PD in box on front. Unclear cds, probably Marseille A Lyon Special cds on back. Roughly opened. Letter enclosed., Fine.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
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Lot 1218

French Offices in Japan, 1871, mourning cover from Yokohama to France, with France 80c Napoleon pair (Scott 36) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer, also with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1869 Jun 12), red PD in box and Pos An V Suez P An A Mars cds (Aug 6) on front. Paris A Besancon, Pontarlier-a-Berne and Coroelle cds all of Aug 7 on back, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1219

French Offices in Japan, 1871, incoming folded letter sheet from France to Yokohama, with two France 80c Napoleon (Scott 28) applied on arrival in Yokohama tied with both Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1871 Dec 3) and 5118 diamond of dots killer. The letter was unpaid with red boxed Affranchissement Insuffisant marking on front. Lyon Les Terreaux cds (Oct 14) originating marking also on front. Lyon A Marseille (Oct 15) on back. Endorsed Via Suez. Addressed to Vincent Comi at Yokohama, with sender's marking in blue ink boxed Vve Guerin & Fils, the French wine merchant. Rare incoming unpaid cover.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1220

French Offices in Japan, 1873, folded letter sheet from Yokohama to France, with four France 25c Ceres (Scott 58) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer with Yokohama Japan cds (1873 Jun 17) and red PD in box on front. Blue bilingual boxed company marking Dell'Oro & Co. Yohohama also on front. Marseilles A Lyon Special cds (Aug 9) on back. Matsumoto/Kobayashi rated the 25c Ceres stamp usage in 1873 as B, rare, with only 11 to 20 copies recorded, of which 4 copies are on this cover.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1221

French Offices in Japan, 1874, small cover from Yokohama to France, with four France 25c Napoleon (Scott 58) tied with 5118 diamond in dot killer with Yokohama Japan cds (Jul? 29) and red PD in box on front. This was re-directed on arrival with 4 different Paris cds on back dated Sept 16 and 17 with one in blue and a postman marking 8 over 15 in circle. This is addressed to Madame Munier at Boulevard de Montparnasse 57. Colonel Munier was from the Second French Military Mission to Japan. He arrived in Yokohama only 2 months before this cover was sent on May 27 where he started to work and lecture at the Japan Army Ministry. According to Matsumoto's record, of the 20 to 30 suriving covers in the Munier correspondence, the earliest cover sent was on June 2 shortly after his arrival. This cover was very similar looking to the Munier cover illustrated as the lower cover in Matsumoto's book on page 117, even down to the redirection markings on the front of both covers. That Matsumoto illustrated cover was sent exactly 1 month after this cover on Aug 29, but was from Shanghai where Munier had travelled to visit. Of interest was the fact that Munier should have been allowed the Military concession rate of 90c, but both covers were paid the full civilian rate of 1 franc. Also of interest was on the back of this cover, the direction to Madam Munier's new address was Impasse des Gendames 17, Versailles, which was different from Matsumoto's recorded street number of 15 for her new address. Of important hstorical significance for the French military in Yokohama.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
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Lot 1222

French Offices in Japan, 1875, folded letter from Yokohama to France, with four France 25c Napoleon (Scott 58) tied with 5118 diamond of dots killer with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1875 Aug? 24) and red PD in box on front. Stamped via Marseille. With bluish double oval company marking of V. Aymonin & Co Yokohama. This company is not listed in the list of recorded foreign companies by Matsumoto in The French Post Office in Yokohama (1997) on back. Also with Montelimar cds (Oct 10?) and Dieulefit cds (Oct 11) on back.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 1223

French Offices in Japan, 1878, small cover from Yokohama to London, with France 40c Napoleon (Scott 59) tied with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1878 Jul 2), also with red Poss Ang V Brind A Mod cds (Aug 25). Paris A Calais cds (Aug 26) and London SW cds of the same day also on back. Endorsed via Brindisi. Matsumoto/Kobayashi did not record any usage of the 40c Napoleon stamp in 1878 from Yokohama. Attractive ornate cover.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
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Lot 1224

French Offices in Japan, 1878, small cover from Yokohama to London, with France 5c and 30c Sage, Peace and Commerce (Scott 67, 73) tied with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1878 Oct 7). London SW cds (Nov 25) on back. Endorsed via Brindisi but crossed out. This cover forms a lovely pair with the 1878 Jul 2 cover addressed to the same receiver, also offered in this sale, of 2 different routing, via Brindisi or not. A lovely pair for an exhibit page showing these routing. Matsumoto/Kobayashi rated the use of both the 5c and 30c Sage used in 1878 as R, extremely rare, with only 1 to 3 copies recorded use on cover. Attractive ornate cover.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
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Lot 1225

French Offices in Japan, 1878, small cover from Yokohama to London, with France 5c and 30c Sage, Peace and Commerce (Scott 67, 73) tied with Yokohama Bau Francais cds (1878 Oct 14). London SW cds (Nov 29) and red boxed London EC marking with the same date on back. Endorsed via Brindisi. This cover contrast with the 1878 Jul 2 cover addressed to the same receiver, also offered in this sale, that was send via Brindisi, also with the 1878 Oct 7 covers that was only sent a week earlier than this cover where the endorsement via Brindisi was crossed out. This cover offers a third version that the endorsement via Brindisi was NOT crossed out but was obviously sent NOT via Brindisi. Matsumoto/Kobayashi rated the use of both the 5c and 30c Sage used in 1878 as R, extremely rare, with only 1 to 3 copies recorded used on cover. Attractive ornate cover.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
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